An American Family History

Joseph Kimball

Various spellings of Kimball:
Kemball, Kembolde, Kembold
Essex County, Massachusetts was created on May 10, 1643 by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, when it ordered "that the whole plantation within this jurisdiction be divided into four sheires."

Joseph Kimball was born on January 24, 1674/75 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts. He was the son of John and Mary Kimball. Reseachers differ on whether it was Mary Bradstreet or Mary Jordan.

He married Sarah Warner on April 29, 1696 in Ipswich. Sarah was born on October 22, 1673 in Ipswich. Her parents were Daniel Warner and Sarah Dane. The same day his father gave him the southern end of his farm on the commons in Ipswich as a wedding gift.

The Essex County Court at Newberry records for September 26, 1699 cite

Joseph Kimball, with Sarah Warner, whom he carried to Salem with the child within 24 hours after birth, which child died an hour and half after arrival in Salem.
Bond of 50 pounds,
sureties, Richard Kimball and [her brother] Philemon Warner

Joseph and Sarah's children included:
Sarah Kimball ( July 19, 1700, died at 4 months),
Joseph Kimball (April 12, 1702, married Mary Graves),
Philemon Kimball (1704),
Eunice Kimball Skillon (1706, married John Skillon),
Mercy Kimball Skillon (1708, married Nathaniel Skillon),
Daniel Kimball ( November 11, 1710),
Stephen Kimball (December 27, 1713, married Lucy Colburn),
Joshua Kimball (December 18, 1715, married Deborah Andrews), and
Dean Kimball (September, 1717 to 1771). 

Sarah died February 28, 1754 and Joseph died on November 4, 1761 when he was 86 years old.
Old Style Calendar
Before 1752 the year began on Lady Day, March 25th,. Dates between January 1st and March 24th were at the end of the year. Old Style (O.S.) and New Style (N.S.) are used to indicate whether the year has been adjusted. Often both dates are used.

Children of John Kimball
& Mary Bradstreet
  • Mary Kimball Knowlton
  • Sarah Kimball Potter
  • Hannah Kimball
  • Rebecca Kimball Lull
  • Elizabeth Kimball Jewett
  • Corporal Richard Kimball
  • & Mary Bradstreet
    or Mary Jordan
  • Abigail Kimball Poole Estey
  • John Kimball
  • Benjamin Kimball
  • Moses Kimball
  • Aaron Kimball
  • Joseph Kimball
  • The town common (commons) was a small, open field at the center of the town which was jointly owned. It was used as a marketplace, a place for the militia to drill, or for grazing livestock.
    American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.


    The town of Ipswich was established on August 5, 1634, from common land called Agawam. On October 18, 1648, that portion called the "Village" at the New Meadows was set off as Topsfield. The boundary line between Ipswich and Topsfield was established, February 28, 1694.

    New England Familes, Volume 1

    Joseph [Kimball], son of John Kimball, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, January 24, 1675, died in 1761. He received from his father by deed, April 19, 1696, the sourthern end of his farm, bound on the common in Ipswich where he lived. His will was proved December 14, 1761, and his son Daniel was executor; he mentioned his granddaughter, Mary, daughter of Stephen Kimball, late of Dracut, deceased, and also his daughters Mery and Eunice Skillon.

    He married Sarah - Children born in Ipswich:
    Sarah, July 19, 1700, died December 4, 1700;
    Joseph, April 12 1702;
    Philemon, about 1704;
    Eunice, about 1706;
    Mercy, about 1704;
    Daniel, November 11, 1710;
    Stephen, December 27 1713;
    Joshua, December 18, 1715;

    Dean [Kimball], son of Joseph Kimball, was born in Ipswich, September 1717, died in 1771. He lived in Ipswich and in Gloucester, Rhode Island.

    His will was dated may 22, 1771 and his wife Abigail was executrix

    He married Abigail -. children:
    Benjamin, born November 14, 1472
    Amos married June 29, 1769
    Mary Battey
    Sarah, married January 31, 1768, Benjamin Burgess;
    Joshua died 1817
    Dean ...born September 26 1744.

    A surety bond is a promise to assume responsibility for the obligation of a borrower. The person who provides this promise, is known as a surety or security. Bondsmen were usually relatives or family friends.

    from A Brief Genealogical and Biographical Record of Charles Roscoe Howland

    Joseph Kimball, b. Jan. 24, 1675; d. 1761 at Ipswich, Mass.; m. 1696 Sarah Warner, b. 1675; d. 1754. Joseph received Apr. 29, 1696 by deed from his father the southern end of his father's homestead, as a wedding gift. His will was probated Dec. 14, 1761. Children, all born at Ipswich, Mass

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